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 Saturday, April 8, 2017
From the Federal Aviation Administration:
 
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established airspace restrictions over 133 military facilities to address national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations. The specific restricted locations are detailed in a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) – UAS NOTAM FDC 7/7137, and may be viewed online via an interactive map here.
 
The Agency is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – Special Security Instructions – to establish these restrictions. The relief provided under § 99.7 is limited to requests from the Department of Defense and U.S. federal security and intelligence agencies based on national security interests.
 
U.S. military facilities are considered “sensitive” as they are vital to the nation’s security. The FAA and the Department of Defense have agreed to restrict drone flights up to 400 feet within the facility’s lateral boundaries. There are only a few exceptions that permit drone flights within these restrictions, and they must be coordinated with the individual facility and/or the FAA. The restrictions are effective on April 14, 2017.
 
Operators who violate the airspace restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges.
 
For more information about these restrictions, including frequently asked questions, please visit the FAA’s UAS website.
Category: FAA News
Post Date: 4/8/2017 10:53:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 FE Lens for Sony E available for $499.00. Regularly $849.00.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 4/8/2017 9:53:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 7, 2017
A macro lens is a lens that specifically allows you to focus extremely close to a subject so that it appears large in the viewfinder (and in the final image). "True" macro lenses are able to project subjects onto the camera's sensor life-sized at a 1:1 reproduction ratio resulting in a 1.0x MM (Maximum Magnification) at the lens' MFD (Minimum Focus Distance, measured from the subject to the sensor), meaning that a 0.6" (15mm) long subject would be projected 0.6" (15mm) long onto the sensor. While that doesn't sound like a big deal, keep in mind that a subject measuring only 1.4 x .9" (36.0 x 24.0mm) will completely fill the frame of a full frame DSLR. When viewed on a large display, tiny details in your subjects become conspicuous features while using true macro lenses.
 
A select few macro lenses actually exceed life-sized reproduction (the Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x Macro is a notable example) for the ultimate in close-up DSLR photography. Besides true macros, lenses featuring a MM between 0.50x and 1.0x can also be considered macro lenses as they permit significantly closer focus than typical lenses provide.
 
Macro lenses come in a variety of focal lengths from wide-angle to telephoto. The important thing to keep in mind is that the lens' focal length will determine your field of view, working distance available and background blur capable when photographing your subject. For instance, the Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM features a 35mm focal length (as the name implies) and produces 1.0x magnification at its MFD of 5.1" (130mm). In contrast, the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM produces the same magnification with a subject placed 18.9" (480mm) from the sensor. The extra working distance provided by longer focal length macro lenses can be very beneficial if photographing skittish subjects such as insects. Longer focal lengths also produce a more pronounced background blur which can be great for showcasing your subject through isolation.
 
Focal Length Background Blur

On that note, let's consider the many common uses for macro lenses. Typical macro subjects include the aforementioned insects, flowers, jewelry (especially engagement and/or wedding rings), coins, and everyday small objects. If your subject isn't necessarily small, you can focus on the small details of a larger subject to create intriguing macro imagery.
 
Rose Macro 2015

Now that you know more about macro lenses, you may consider adding one to your kit. And on that note, checking out our Macro Lens Recommendations will help you find the right macro lens for you.
 
Now get out there and enjoy shooting our big world full of small things!
Post Date: 4/7/2017 10:23:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality (results from 3 cameras), vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, standard product images and eye candy have been added to the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens page.
 
The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens is in stock at B&H (Nikon mount coming soon).
Post Date: 4/7/2017 7:59:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the MXL 870 Studio Condenser Microphone available for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $199.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Large-Diaphragm Condenser
  • FET Preamp in Capsule
  • Designed for Vocals and Instruments
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Includes Shockmount
Post Date: 4/7/2017 6:02:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Prolite Bouncer available for $9.95 with free shipping. Regularly $29.95.
 
Instead of permanently attaching hook & loop fasteners to affix this to your flash, you may prefer to usa a cinch strap instead. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits Most On-Camera Flash Units
  • Redirects and Softens Light
  • Minimal Light Loss
  • Attaches via Hook-and-Loop Fasteners
  • No Exposure Compensation Necessary
Post Date: 4/7/2017 5:18:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 6, 2017
B&H has the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 4/6/2017 4:22:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast LED500 Silver Series Bi-Color LED Light (V-Mount or NP-F) available for $199.95 with free shipping. Regularly $534.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 3200-5600K Variable Color Temperature
  • 10 x 10.4 x 1.8", Weighs 2 lb
  • 45-Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming
  • CRI: 95
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • Carry Case

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
B&H is proud to present its Women of Influence series. Sandy Puc' is an award winning photographer, educator, and business woman. With years of experience in children and family portraiture, she has taken on both entrepreneurial and philanthropic roles that have defined her career.
 
Sandy's Websites:
http://www.sandypuc.com/
https://vimeo.com/sandypuc
Post Date: 4/6/2017 12:17:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 5, 2017

 
From the ZEISS Camera Lenses YouTube Channel:
 
Long focal length, fast autofocus, optical image stabilization, lightweight. Thanks to the outstanding correction of all chromatic aberrations, the ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 is a high-performance telephoto lens with an Apo Sonnar design. The lens is the optimum solution for medium-distance portrait photography.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E Mount available for preorder.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 4/5/2017 12:07:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From B&H:
 
SuperStore & Offices
B&H will be closed starting at 6pm ET on Sun April 9. We will reopen at 9am on Wed April 19.
 
Online Orders
Online ordering will pause during the following holiday observance periods:
 
  • 7:15pm Fri April 7 until 8:45pm Sat April 8
  • 7:15pm Mon April 10 until 8:45pm Wed April 12
  • 7:30pm Fri April 14 until 9pm Sat April 15
  • 7:30pm Sun April 16 until 9pm Tues April 18
Shipping
Orders placed before 4pm on Sun April 9 will be processed prior to the holiday closing. Orders placed after this time will be processed when we reopen on Wed April 19.
 
Be sure to order necessary equipment now to avoid a delayed shipment.
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 4/5/2017 10:11:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Professional Network has been adding to their Digital Photo Professional 4 Video Tutorials. New videos include:
 
  • Sharpen Detail
  • Lens Correction
  • Cloning and Healing
The new additions join the following already published videos:
 
  • Getting Organized
  • Recover Missing Shadows
  • Levels and Curves
  • Counteract Color Casts
  • Improve Composition (Crop & Level)
Canon Digital Photo Professional 4 is compatible with following cameras:
EOS Kiss X9i / EOS REBEL T7i / EOS 800D, EOS 9000D / EOS 77D, EOS M6, EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-1D X, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1D C, EOS M5, EOS M3, EOS M2, EOS M10, EOS M, EOS Kiss X8i / EOS REBEL T6i / EOS 750D, EOS Kiss X80 / EOS REBEL T6 / EOS 1300D, EOS Kiss X7i / EOS REBEL T5i / EOS 700D, EOS Kiss X70 / EOS REBEL T5 / EOS 1200D / EOS Hi, EOS Kiss X7 / EOS REBEL SL1 / EOS 100D, EOS Kiss X6i / EOS REBEL T4i / EOS 650D, EOS Kiss X50 / EOS REBEL T3 / EOS 1100D, EOS Kiss X5 / EOS REBEL T3i / EOS 600D, EOS Kiss X4 / EOS REBLE T2i / EOS 550D, EOS Kiss X3 / EOS REBEL T1i / EOS 500D, EOS Kiss X2 / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi / EOS 450D, EOS Kiss F / EOS REBEL XS / EOS 1000D, EOS Kiss Digital X / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi / EOS 400D DIGITAL, EOS Kiss Digital N / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT / EOS 350D DIGITAL, EOS 80D, EOS 8000D / EOS REBEL T6s / EOS 760D, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 70D, EOS 6D, EOS 60Da, EOS 60D, EOS 5DS R, EOS 5DS, EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D, EOS 50D, EOS 40D, EOS 30D, EOS 20Da, EOS 20D, PowerShot SX60 HS, PowerShot S120, PowerShot S110, PowerShot S100V, PowerShot S100, PowerShot G9 X Mark II, PowerShot G9 X, PowerShot G7 X Mark II, PowerShot G7 X, PowerShot G5 X, PowerShot G3 X, PowerShot G16, PowerShot G15, PowerShot G1 X Mark II, PowerShot G1 X
Post Date: 4/5/2017 8:17:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via AdoramaCamera - 99.5% positive feedback) has the Dell XPS 13.3" Full HD Anti-Glare InfinityEdge Touch Notebook Intel Core i5-7200 available for $819.99 with free shipping. Regularly $1,099.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Core i5-7200 2.5GHz
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD
  • Windows 10 Home
  • LED Touch Screen Display
  • Weighs 2.7 lbs
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sony ICD-PX440 4GB PX Series MP3 Digital Voice IC Recorder available for $44.95 with free shipping. Regularly $79.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 4GB Internal Memory
  • Expandable to 32GB with microSD Cards
  • USB Direct Connect
  • Scene Selection
  • Intelligent Noise Cut
  • Includes 2x AAA Batteries
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Tenba Discovery: Large Photo/Laptop Daypack available for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $139.95.
 
Note: The Sage/Khaki version of this bag is also on sale.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1-2 DSLRs, 4-6 Lenses,Flash, Accessories
  • Holds 15" Laptop in Rear Compartment
  • Pop Out, Removable Camera Compartment
  • Top Storage Area for Jacket, Lunch
  • Weather-Resistant Nylon
  • Waterproof Bottom Panel
  • Mesh Pull-Out Pockets for Water Bottles
  • Front Pocket for MP3 Player, Phone
  • Compression Straps for Stability
  • Includes Rain Cover
Post Date: 4/5/2017 5:15:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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